US rocker Meat Loaf collapses on stage in Canada
US rocker Meat Loaf collapsed on stage mid way through a hit song while performing late Thursday in the western Canadian city of Edmonton, local media reported.
Video of the concert posted on news sites show the veteran rocker falling down while singing his 1993 smash “I’d Do Anything for Love.”
Band mates rushed to his side after he dropped his mike and collapsed onstage. The music then stops.
“We weren’t sure at first whether it was part of the act or it was something for real,” concertgoer Lindsay Sundmark told the Edmonton Journal newspaper.
The 68-year-old rocker, born Marvin Lee Aday, was rushed to a hospital from the city’s Jubilee Auditorium just after 10 pm (0400 GMT Friday), the Journal reported.
Meat Loaf had recently canceled two earlier Canadian shows, according to the star’s Twitter feed.
The beefy Texas-born singer is perhaps best known for his 1977 “Bat out of Hell” album, and hit songs including “Paradise by the Dashboard light” (1977), “I’m Gonna Love Her for Both of Us” (1981), and “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” (1993).
“Bat Out of Hell” reportedly sold some 43 million copies and is one of the highest selling albums ever.
Meat Loaf has collapsed two earlier times onstage, once in a 2003 concert in London and again in a 2011 concert in the US city of Pittsburgh.
Aside from his rock gigs, Meat Loaf had small parts in films and TV shows, including the musical comedy “Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975) and “Fight Club” (1999).